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Mark Brauweiler

Plano, Ill.

Graduated cum laude with BS degrees in Exercise Science and Human Performance and Fitness
Former president, Student Alumni Association
Former president, Dance Marathon
Residence Life RA
Lector and Eucharistic Ministe for Campus Ministry
Student athletic trainer
Intramural participant

On the St. Ambrose experience

"It is a blast here. I always looks forward to coming back to school after breaks."

'I Can Change Lives'

Maybe Mark Brauweiler should have known something big, something really big, was brewing.

As president of the inaugural year of Dance Marathon at St. Ambrose, Brauweiler knew a few St. Ambrose students were likely to develop a true passion for the project, which helps children battling long-term disease through the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network.

But when 450 students spent half of an evening working for the cause and helped the project raise $47,000, almost double the target goal, Brauweiler and the rest of his hard-working team were caught a little off guard.

"Dance Marathon blew me away on so many different levels," he says. "First off, to be part of something so amazing — so much bigger than myself or any one person — was an incredible experience. But, secondly, it was a uniquely Ambrosian experience. It made me swell with pride."

The SAU effort was named the Best New Dance Marathon of 2012-2013 by the national Dance Marathon network. For Brauweiler, it was the most powerful lesson in a lesson-filled undergraduate career at SAU.

"It showed me that I can make a difference," he says. "It showed me that I can change lives. DM showed me that nothing is more powerful than a group of individuals with a dream."

In his own words

What is your favorite tradition at SAU?

The candlelight mass is something that is very special to me. Not frequently is a college campus quiet and reserved while at the same time incredibly focused in such a unified way. Students take time out of insanely busy schedules of studying for finals to come to the chapel and worship by candlelight. The unity and solidarity behind that mass is incredible. So many students come to worship the true meaning behind Christmas, and do it in such an Ambrosian way.

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